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This is a special place, like no other on Earth 

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area works to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the mountains and foothills of North Carolina.

The 25 western counties in North Carolina were designated a National Heritage Area by Congress in 2003. This honor was bestowed because of the rich natural and cultural heritage of Western North Carolina that shaped the history not only of the state, but also of the nation. We have some of the oldest mountains in the world,

Junior Appalachian Musicians
Warriors of Anikituwah

one of the oldest American cultures–the Cherokee, deeply rooted music and craft traditions, and foodways that are a blend of Native American, African American and European immigrant practices.

Combined, these five themes comprise a valuable national treasure. It’s up to all of us to protect, nurture, and pass them on to future generations.

  Through our grants program, BRNHA has boosted local pride and heritage identity while creating new economic opportunities across the region through 154 different projects, including:

  • Giving economically disadvantaged schoolchildren the chance to learn and honor their mountain music through the Junior Appalachian Musicians program.
  • Educating Cherokee youth on their ancestral roots to enable them to be ambassadors for their culture
  • Empowering craft artisans with the proper tools to flourish as business savvy entrepreneurs who can support their families
    Black Mountain Arts Center
    Black Mountain Arts Center
  • Boosting tourism in rural towns by showcasing their revitalized music, crafts, Cherokee, agricultural, natural heritage sites and resources.
Music Sculpture, Hayesville

Help us protect and preserve our cultural and natural heritage with your donation today.


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Won’t you help?

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, the operating entity for the designation, is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public charity. You can help us continue our work and strengthen the heritage, culture and economy of this region by making a tax deductible charitable contribution. Your legacy gift can be made quickly, easily, and safely by clicking on the Donate button above or by mailing a check to:

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
195 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville NC 28803

For more information contact:

Angie Chandler, Executive Director
828-298-5339, ext. 307


Financial information about the BRNHA and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.